Jonathan Castroviejo hopes for the best at World Championships
Sep 17 2017 01:38 am CET

Jonathan Castroviejo hopes for the best at World Championships
Jonathan Castroviejo hopes for the best at World Championships
Photo of Jonathan Castroviejo © Mary Cárdenas /

Jonathan Castroviejo (Movistar) is prepared to face the World Championships in Bergen where he aims for medals, both individually and with his squad.

The rider has won the Spanish Time Trial championship three times and the European Individual Time Trial once, and has finished third twice in the same competition at the World Championships. He has been preparing himself for this week, and he hopes good results are coming his way.

"The team for the time trial is very similar to last year's, in which if we didn't have a mechanical problem, we would have taken a medal," he said to Spanish newspaper Marca. "This year there are some more contenders like LottoNL-Jumbo and it will be more difficult to be in medal spots. The circuit for the team time trial is very difficult, but we will do our best."

Castroviejo will then face the Individual Time Trial, a competition in which he is always one of the favourites. "If I feel good, I think I can do a good job," he explained. "I haven't seen the last climb, but everybody talks about 3.5 kilometres at 10% and maybe it would be too much.

"This year is very complicated, but other years had been also difficult and I could get a medal. I don't know how the route will be or if it will rain. At the end, a one-day race is always different, special. Others can have a bad day and you can have a good one."

These will be the last championships of Castroviejo with Movistar because next year he will be at Team Sky. "After six wonderful years I needed a change and it was possible," he commented. "Now I have to start somehow from zero, have new ambitions about training. Cycling is very hard and you need new things to keep yourself at the highest level.

It has been six years that I wouldn't change for anything. But everything has an end and I'm looking forward to next year. You can feel a bit of responsibility when you see on the television the great level of the team. You always have the doubt whether you will be able to keep up with that level. But I imagine that's a common feeling."



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